Mountain splendor—this Colorado recreation property is located in one of Colorado’s most scenic settings, along the West Elk Scenic Byway between Redstone and Paonia, not far from Aspen and Crested Butte. The property is 110 acres of mountain land, with a year-round flowing creek, year-round spring, several beautiful buildings sites, terrific mountain views, and accessible year-round. The terrain is steep in places, but there are also several flat little mesas that would make superb building sites. Vegetation is a mix of oak brush, open meadows, sage, aspen, cottonwood, and spruce trees. Elevation on the property is only 6,640 to 6,840 feet, though it has aspens and spruce like a higher-elevation property. The property is well fenced and is currently used for summer cattle grazing.
If you know your way around Colorado, you’ll know where this property is. Paonia Reservoir is located on Colorado 133 between Carbondale and Paonia, on the west side of McClure Pass. It is known as a great recreational destination. Paonia Reservoir has a campground and boat launch on the north end of the reservoir, and a well-maintained county road to the campground. There’s a set of corrals for ranchers gathering their herds just above the reservoir. This property is just east of those corrals. It’s best to view the property from the road that winds to the east above the property, where you can see the mesas and vistas of Marcellina Mountain, Ragged Mountain, Ragged Peak, and more. Carbondale is about an hour to the north; Paonia and Hotchkiss are about half an hour to the southwest.
Love the mountains and love recreation? This is a terrific property for those who like to camp, mountain bike, ride horses, hunt, fish, go 4-wheeling, and explore. Paonia Reservoir almost borders the property, if you like to waterski and go boating. GMU 52 is known for its excellent elk and mule deer hunting, and this property is home to big game and small game. Crested Butte is only 40 minutes away in the summertime. Aspen is about an hour and a half and accessible in the winter.
The owners of this property have placed it in a conservation easement which restricts development to two parcels and two homesites. Traditional uses of homesites, recreation, hunting, and grazing are of course still allowed. The property is well fenced, and is used for grazing land for cattle and horses. An adjudicated spring provides water for domestic uses. An old Jeep road provides access to the upper mesas, where there are a handful of spectacular building sites on the property.